Brittney Griner’s Phoenix Mercury debut Monday was seen by 10,200 people at the US Airways Center along with countless others who were watching on ESPN.
It was a big deal. She is a big deal.
Though she is the biggest thing to hit the WNBA, the 6-foot-8 rookie is just another in a long list of sports stars to call the Valley home. Each one of them had a debut — some better than others — and we thought it’d be fun to take a look back.
So, presented in no particular order, here are some of the more notable debuts in Arizona sports history.